Irish Rail has changed a lot of their timetables and cut some lesser used services. Presumably this will reduce costs and increase revenue:
9 services(up from 8) on Dublin-Galway route. Journey time down to 2hours10minutes (down from 2 hours 45 minutes in some cases)
5 services(up from 4) on Dublin-Westport route. 15 minutes improvement on journey time.
An extra evening Cork-Dublin service meaning 16 per day Cork-Dublin and 15 per day Dublin-Cork. Journey times on Cork route down to 2 hours 30
An improved Dublin Limerick service will mean the fastest train will take 1hour59minutes between the cities.
Journey times on most routes are reduced, with Dublin-Waterford now only 1hour 50minutes.
The Limerick Galway service has reduced journey times by about 10 minutes and now the service is being extended to Limerick Junction to provide a more direct route for passengers between Galway and Cork. Even with this improvement a Galway-Cork journey would still take at least 4 hours. Compared to CityLink bus services which do the same journey in 2hours50 minutes for a cheaper fare of €19 single.
I hope that these changes will end the annual IÉ subvention of €14m. Hopefully there will be further cuts in average journey times, Dublin-Cork should be 2hours15 or less in this day and age imo.
New Rail Timetable for 2013 - Iarnród Éireann - Irish Rail